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serafena
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   Posted 5/29/2008 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
It's a busy time for bipolar in the media. Newsweek ran an article this week about bipolar kids. Here's the link: www.newsweek.com/id/137517/page/1


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sukay
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   Posted 5/29/2008 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   

 

Thank you serafena for posting the article.

Wow...I can't imagine what it is like for a baby to be diagnosed with bi-polar is like. This article gives me some insight. My heart goes out to these children and their parents. Their whole lives seem to be consumed with this illness. I hope one day they will be able to find new treatments/therapies to help these children grow up in a less chaotic way.

I know how hard it was for me first being diagnosed with bi-polar and all that I had to go through to get to a place of some normalcy in my life. How difficult it is for a baby/young child to go through this. Their parents are earth angels and have to live with this illness 24/7. I think the parents have it harder than most of us do.

We as adults can manage our wellness programs. But little children need their parents EVERY step of the way! My heart goes out to all the parents of children with bi-polar disorder. Without them advocating for their children,...I don't even want to think what their lives would be like.

I thought I had exhausting days! Parents of children with bi-polar disorder that work as hard as these two parents are deserve a standing ovation!!!! Where would this little boy be without the help, love & perseverance of their parents!

 


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bringmebackhome
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   Posted 6/3/2008 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
i just read this in the newsweekly mag and i cried reading it... i didn't find out that i was bipolar until i was 16 but when i think about it i guess i've had it longer. i'm eighteen now and its been two years knowing and i still can't control it i mean yes i'm doing a whole lot ebtter now than two years ago but imagine how hard it is on him i'm just happy he has people to support him and care about him because i know i don't really have that and i think thats why i can't move on and try to help myself get better... anyway my point it just breaks my heart to know that someone as young as max has to go through what he does... i dont know it was a good article i think everyone that is or is affected by bipolar should read it...


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serafena
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   Posted 6/3/2008 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree. It's barely believable that such a young child could go through such violent mood swings, but obviously it happens. It just breaks your heart what he's been through. And others go through every day. At least we adults can somewhat understand what's happening to us, but a toddler? A 6 or 7 year old? I understand where your tears came from.
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Mauicharlie
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   Posted 6/7/2008 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow! Thank you for that post Serafena.

As I mentioned in my first post I was diagnosed bp around ten years old. That was circa 1979. The doc my mom sought out must have been absolutly cutting edge...

The parallels between Max and myself are uncanny. I don't believe my disorder is as severe but there are remarkable similarities. The one line in the article that really caught my breath was a reference to "feeling everything all at once". To this day I experience this sensation. It is truly dissorienting but I've learned to just stop allow it to pass and then move on. Not to say that it always works, I've escalated many times just as described with Max.

My father is also ret. Military ( Navy Commander ). His approach and attitude towards me was exactly as was described in the article. Any episodes, either up or down, were met with loud domineering orders based on everything being "black and white". This led to private school (6th grade), military academy (9th grade), public high school (10th grade), dropping out of school at the beginning of 11th grade and was out of my parents house before I was 17. I went and stayed with family and friends for a while, got my diploma with the help of a friend's mother, went to the College of Charleston for a short while and have been essentially bouncing around since then.

I am profoundly disturbed that it took me so long to put 1 and 1 together for myself. I'm feeling a lot of anxiety right now just thinking how many oportunities I missed to wake up and latch on to therapy and healing. How many years have I wasted by not realizing that something was wrong and doing something about it? How many others have I harmed through denial and inaction? Thank God for my friend David who is also bp and led me to realization and help. I am now under the care of a doctor and beginning to take meds to get this thing under control. I'm looking forward to living conciously and with purpose, in Control of my own desiny and accountable for myself.
I want to be well. I want to be happy.....
"If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew to serve your turn long after they are gone, and so hold on when there is nothing in you except the will which says to them: "HOLD ON!"

Rudyard Kipling


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   Posted 6/7/2008 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
please keep hands and feet inside the roller coaster at all times! Wheeew
"If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew to serve your turn long after they are gone, and so hold on when there is nothing in you except the will which says to them: "HOLD ON!"

Rudyard Kipling


serafena
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   Posted 6/7/2008 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow Mauicharlie:

I have a great deal of admiration for someone who grew up dealing with the whirlwind of bp from so young. You learned to cope the best way you learned how. It's unfortunate that your father didn't always understand how to be more supportive. Maybe if he had, you would have had more opportunities to learn how to cope with the disorder as a medical condition early on. Instead you've probably been just trying to take care of yourself. Not that I don't understand that we don't all make crummy decisions. That's part of the fun, right? :-) In any case, go easy on yourself. You don't have to like all your old decisions, but you weren't always given a full range of options either. You're gonna do better now.

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Mauicharlie
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   Posted 6/7/2008 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you yet again. Its funny that you say that about the past. My doc sounds like a broken record about letting all that go. I guess I feel some guilt about the way things turned out bp or no bp. Buuuuut, tomorrows a new day and I'm doing the right thing for a change and it feels good. :-)
"If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew to serve your turn long after they are gone, and so hold on when there is nothing in you except the will which says to them: "HOLD ON!"

Rudyard Kipling

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